B.S. – Slippery Rock University – Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
MA – The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
The 2000-2001 school year is my 30th year of teaching physical education.
I have been fortunate to have a variety of teaching positions which have included all grade levels. I have taught at the High School level and coached Girls’ Track and Field and I have also taught swimming at the Middle School level. I found my students at all levels to be very enthusiastic about physical education.
I have been teaching in the Mesa Public Schools elementary physical education program for 22 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed the many opportunities I have had for professional growth and sharing that occurs in Mesa. The power of sharing curriculum ideas with colleagues plays a critical role in providing you opportunities to reflect on your own professional growth and for helping teachers to maintain a high level of enthusiasm for their teaching. The challenge of working with highly motivated, enthusiastic, creative, caring and innovative teachers keeps me on my toes.
The computer has played an amazing role in my ability to create visually pleasing and educational signs to help my students learn cognitive skills. Several of us have begun color coding our fitness signs to help our students learn the components of fitness. Red refers to all cardiovascular endurance activities, yellow indicates upper body strength, blue reminds students that they are developing their abdominal strength and green refers to flexibility exercises.
Teaching new activities, developing new signs, trying new approaches to old activities, taking professional growth classes (such as computers, essential elements of instruction, mastery learning), becoming involved in our state association, and attending conferences all have helped me to maintain my enthusiasm for teaching throughout my 30 years.
My family is composed of physical educators. My husband, Paul, of course is a professor preparing secondary physical educators at Arizona State University. My daughter, Jessica, is presently teaching elementary physical education in the Montgomery County Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. My daughter in law Nicki teaches elementary physical education in the Vail, Az. School district. My son Seth is a mechanical engineer for Raytheon in Tucson, but his sports experiences have made me a better teacher of sports related skills.
Char Darst’s Signs
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